Stanislaus County to sell clinic building in downtown Modesto

kcarlson@modbee.comMay 8, 2014 

Stanislaus County supervisors gave approval this week to sell the county’s Medical Arts Building in downtown Modesto.

The two-story building on 17th Street has been vacant since it was closed during a county health clinics reorganization in 2006. Pediatrics and women’s health care were moved from the clinic to other locations. Last year, a project to remodel the building for a new county morgue was canceled because of the expected costs of reinforcing the structure.

The county will list the property for sale and receive sealed purchase offers at 10 a.m. June 11, followed by possible oral bidding. Supervisors approved a minimum sale price of $1,363,603 for the 37,463-square-foot building and 71 county-owned parking spaces across the street.

Supervisors also took the following action Tuesday:

•  Rejected a proposal for a $9,200 general fund contribution for increased court security charges. County leaders agreed with Supervisor Bill O’Brien’s suggestion not to comply with a mandate to cover those security costs in the courts, which are operated by the state. O’Brien predicted the charges will grow and said the county needed to take a stand against state actions to pass costs to local government.

•  Accepted a $40 million grant from the California Board of State and Community Corrections to build a 288-bed center with transitional jail housing and facilities for rehabilitation programs.

•  Approved the annual fireworks celebration July 4 at the Woodward Reservoir regional park north of Oakdale.

•  OK’d a $5,125 agreement for a right-of-way purchase from Arthur and Tina Silva for the $2.9 million project to upgrade the intersection of Crows Landing Road and West Main Street.

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